Robinson McClellan ~ composer
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THE WOMAN TURNS HERSELF INTO A FISH (2004)
for female vocal trio or three-part choir (SSA, TTB)
Text by Eavan Boland
Premiere: November 15th, 2005 at 6pm at St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University, NYC as part of a Trio Eos concert.
Received honorable mention in the 2005 ASCAP Foundation/Morton Gould Young Composers Awards. A recording appeared in the 2005 issue of Palimpsest, a Yale arts magazine.
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Trio Eos, recorded in 2005 by StudioTeo in New Haven, CT
April 2012 performance by the Mt. Holyoke Chamber Singers, directed by Lindsay Pope
November 2013 performance at Tufts U. by members of C4
When I was looking for a text for this piece, Kate Mulvihill (one of the sopranos in the trio) suggested the Irish poet Eavan Boland. After reading through a lot of her work (great stuff by the way), I came across this poem and looked no further.
The Woman Turns Herself into a Fish
of the rump.
brow the eyes
of new freedoms,
a chill pull,
- Eavan Boland
Copyright 1982 by Eavan Boland